The luxury perfume category is as saturated as it is diverse. You have your celebrity perfumes and your fragrances created by fashion designers, clothing brands, and beauty moguls. Ranging from a limited edition, to commercially bought, expensive perfumes are well worth the spend.
Article Originally Published On September 18, 2017
These high-end, expensive perfumes are the ones we find most fascinating (and unattainable). Rare ingredients, unparalleled craftsmanship, and dazzling details (like a Swavorski crystal-studded flacon) are just a few reasons fragrances in this category are worthy of such opulence.
With all that in mind, discover the top 10 most expensive perfumes in the world right now, ranked from the lowest to the highest price.
Hermès 24 Faubourg
This limited-edition fragrance for women was launched in 1995 by the French luxury brand Hermès, and it is named after the address of its original store in Paris: 24, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The expensive perfume was created by the legendary perfumer Maurice Roucel. It’s a particularly rare perfume as only 1,000 bottles were ever made. The long-lasting fragrance is light, floral, and sunny, mixing orange blossom, jasmine, Tiare flower, patchouli, ylang-ylang, iris, vanilla, ambergris, and sandalwood.
Joy Baccarat Pure Parfum, Limited Edition
The sheer extravagance of floral content in Joy Baccarat Pure Parfum makes it one of the most expensive perfumes in the world. The perfume comes filled with the goodness of over 10,600 jasmine flowers and over 28 dozen roses for every single bottle. This limited edition Baccarat perfume comes in the classic keepsake brand bottle.
Clive Christian No. 1
Clive Christian is a well-known name in the luxury perfume industry, and this particular fragrance was even considered the most expensive perfume in the world between 2001 and 2006. Clive Christian No. 1 comes in two varieties: Woody Oriental for men, and Floral Oriental for women. The signature bottle is created from lead crystal and is adorned with a 1/3 karat diamond on the neck. The aroma of the perfume is rich and exquisite, combining bergamot, natural gum resin, orris, vanilla, sandalwood, and extracts of ylang-ylang.
Amorem Rose Parfum presented in a Lalique Crystal Flacon
If you are a fan of the opulent smell of smokey rose and fresh perfume that feels like summer, the Lalique Crystal Flacon by Amorem Rose Parfum will make your heart happy. The expensive perfume was personally crafter by the renowned perfumer Maurice Roucel with tints of Bulgarian rose, Baltic amber, saffron flowers, amorem rose, mahogany wood, and more.
Roja Haute Luxe
Fashioned by one of the most prominent names in the perfume industry, Roja Haute Luxe is an exquisite perfume by Roja Dave who chooses most decadent ingredients while creating all his lavish scents. Haute Luxe comes with rich content of rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and earthy contents of ginger, clove, cinnamon, raising, ambergris, patchouli, and more spices. Every year around 500 limited edition bottles are released for sale and storms off the shelves in practically no time.
Les Exclusifs de Chanel – Parfum Grand Extrait
Another Chanel luxurious expensive perfume that is a show stopper among the scent lover all over the world is the Gardenia Les Exclusifs de Chanel. The expensive perfume holds sentimental value in the life of Coco Chanel as this creamy gardenia was created as a homage to his beloved Camelia. The limited-edition perfume comes in a gorgeous bottle of an over-sized iconic faceted bottle.
Chanel Grand Extrait
Chanel has been synonymous with luxury around the world ever since Coco Chanel released the iconic fragrance, Chanel No. 5, in 1921 – created by legendary perfumer Ernest Beaux. This limited edition perfume was released as the rarest, purest Original No. 5 fragrance in the world. Each bottle is created through moulds, which benefits from a glassmaker’s individual touch, and a Chanel spokeswoman has said that “very few pieces are produced” each year. The floral perfume is made with exquisite care.
Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes
This perfume is expensive for both the aroma itself and the bottle it comes in. Baccarat is a luxury crystal glassware manufacturer and one of the leading choices in artisan bottle creation for high-end perfume companies around the world. In 1998, the company launched three of its own limited edition fragrances, and this one was the least produced, making it the rarest and most valuable. The “Sacred Tears of Thebes”, as it translates, is an Egyptian-themed perfume housed in a beautiful pyramid-shaped bottle of crystal. The ingredients include a blend of amber, jasmine, rose, Egyptian cassie, as well as myrrh and frankincense to evoke the smell of the Middle East.
Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume
This expensive perfume holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the most expensive perfume in the world. Released in 2005, only a 10-bottle run of this super-rare, super-exclusive limited edition perfume was released for sale in the famous Harrods store in London and Bergdorf Goodman in New York. The “No. 1 Imperial Majesty” is really just a Clive Christian No. 1 – in a very fancy bottle. The whole bottle contains 16.9 ounces of perfume and is crafted by Baccarat, adorned with a 5-carat white diamond on the neck and surrounded with an 18-carat solid gold collar.
DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle
In 2011, DKNY unveiled its golden-apple-shaped million-dollar bottle of perfume. The company teamed up with famed jewellery designer Martin Katz to create a special one-of-a-kind edition of the company’s top-selling fragrance. The bottle is crafted in 14-karat yellow and white gold and contains 183 yellow sapphires, 2,700 white diamonds, a 1.6-carat turquoise Paraiba tourmaline from Brazil, a 7.18-carat oval Cabochon sapphire from Sri Lanka, 15 vivid pink diamonds from Australia, 4-rose cut diamonds, a 3.07-carat oval cut ruby, a 4.03-carat pear shape rose cut diamond, and a 2.43-carat flawless vivid yellow Canary diamond adorning the cap. All in all, the bottle contains 2,909 precious stones, but the best part is that the aforementioned stones have been hand placed to replicate the New York City skyline. The process took nearly 1,500 hours to complete. After being unveiled and showcased across the globe, a silver lining for the ridiculously expensive perfume bottle was announced: The bottle would be sold to a perfume enthusiast and all proceeds would be donated to the global charity Action Against Hunger.